Business & Finance: Poles & Pensions

About 3,000,000 of the telephone poles now standing are products of Joslyn Manufacturing & Supply Co. of Chicago. This is less than one-twentieth the number that U. S. travelers see flicking past them on the highways of the land, but it is enough to make Joslyn the biggest independent U. S. telephone pole supplier.* From Idaho it gets trimmed poles of western red cedar, 25 to 35 ft. tall, creosotes them at its Chicago plant and sells them for $5 to $7. The company also manufactures a complete line of cross-arms, insulators, brackets, pins and other power line equipment which happens...

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